Well, they tell me I need to say a bit about myself, here, so here goes!
I was born in St. Louis in 1955, and grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois. There, the same imagination that makes me a talented writer today often got me into trouble. Thankfully, I survived, and some of my early adventures have helped to shape my life and, and now my work.
Over the years, I've held a number of jobs; I've been in law enforcement, sales, advertising, and auto repair, and served as a banker, reporter, radio talk show host, music producer, song writer, theatrical, movie and video producer, truck driver, taxi driver...well, you get the picture, right?
And then, a few years ago, I ran afoul of the IRS, and found myself serving a five year sentence in Federal Prison for a tax offense. I'd written a number of short stories, poems and other things over the years, but I'd never felt I had time to write a novel. Well, all of a sudden, I had lots of time, so one day I sat down and started writing! And guess what? I found out what I should have been doing all along. I think that's the real secret to happiness... find out what you love to do, and do it, even if it takes you your whole life!
From Prison to Publishing!
I'm looking forward to the release of my first few novels in the next couple of months, and I've already got several more planned and in progress! The way I see it, I'm only 58 years old. So, okay, I'm getting into the game a little late, but I've got enough years left to get a lot of writing done, and the way I'm going I might catch up to some of the big guys!
But writing isn't all I'm about. My experiences in the entertainment industry have left him with a love for movies, so I plan to produce Independent movies of his books for Internet broadcast. I've already partnered up with a screenwriter who is hard at work on adaptations of The Very Swift Witches and Promise of Magic even now!
Watch this spot for details. And if you've ever dreamed of being in movies...well, there's a lot of undiscovered talent out there, so I'll be looking for new faces to cast as these characters I love so much.
You never know. Could be your big break, eh?
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Promise of Magic: The Other Side of the Mirror
What do you do when you’re a 14 year old orphan girl, and you learn that the ultimate fate of the world rests on your shoulders? That’s the dilemma facing Promise Janelle Merritt, or PJ as she’s known to her friends, when she finds out that she is a long-prophesied Champion who must battle the Devil himself in order to return the power of Magic and Miracles to the world!
Magic Trixie and the Crystal Witch
Nine year old Trixie is surprised when she is kidnapped and taken to a world where Magic is greater than Science–and where she is the Princess who should have inherited the throne when her mother was murdered by her evil sister!
The Grue, Part One: Angel
Rachel is a normal eighteen year old girl, until an early morning run-in with some hungry vampires accidentally transforms her into something terrible... more terrible even than the vampires themselves!
The Very Swift Witches
Three Old World Witches, women whose only crime was knowledge of herbs and wisdom and esoteric magics, condemned to die in a burning cottage, use an ancient “skipping” spell to escape their fate. But something goes wrong, and they suddenly find themselves in a strange New World, with more than three hundred years gone by… a world filled with magics and mysteries they cannot fathom!
Seven original stories,with excerpts from the novels "The Very Swift Witches" and "Magic Trixie and the Crystal Witch", make a wonderful introduction to the world of Author Wayne Hicks.
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Smashwords book reviews by Wayne Hicks
- The Survivor Chronicles: Book 1, The Upheaval (Serial story #1)
on July 13, 2013
The characters are well developed and engaging, quickly capturing the reader's attention and sympathy. And the story line is exciting; you read on because you know there's yet another surprise in store, and can't wait to see what it will be!
However, this book is an example of one that would have benefited from the services of an editor. Punctuation is weak, and there are far too many instances of improper word usage ("you're" instead of "your", "to" instead of "too", etc.) I encourage the Author to continue writing, but little things like these will irritate many readers and can keep a great story (which this one is!) from reaching its potential.
- Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing
on July 13, 2013
- Kyrathaba Rising
on Aug. 25, 2013
Kyrathaba Rising is science fiction at its finest. I've been a devoted reader of authors like Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke Bradbury and others since childhood, and all I can say is that there is a new name to be added to that roster--William Bryan Miller.
The story begins after an invasion by aliens that has driven the remnants of humanity underground, and focuses on a few individuals who seemingly escape their dire reality by entering a virtual world of magic known as Kyrathaba.
But have they truly escaped, or are they merely pioneers, preparing the way for the rest of their remaining fellows?
The story is so well-written that it is almost impossible to put down, and I found myself reluctant to work when I could be reading. The plot is structured, unlike so many recent books that seem to jump from one confusion to another. I have not read a sci-fi book so well constructed since Foundation, or Heinlein's Lazarus Long series.
The ending leaves the reader slightly confused, but I suspect that this is due to the complexities of the plot. There are things that even the protagonists seem unaware of, and it will make the second book in the series even more complex as the author resolves those issues.
Despite this, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction, and anyone who wonders just where humanity is actually headed. Some of the concepts within this story make one pause and wonder, could this really be in our future?
Don't cheat yourself out of one of the best reads you'll ever find. Read Kyrathaba Rising, and you'll be waiting with baited breath for the sequel, just as I am.